Tips before buying your first gun

What weapons to buy to start with? This is the dilemma of any firearms license holder. On forums devoted to this subject, we can find a number of more or less accurate tips. In this article we will try to answer the most important questions related to the purchase of a new weapon for a person just entering this world.

New weapons, or maybe used?

Many people at the beginning of their search will pay attention to used models. Although they are characterized by a lower price, we do not know their exact technical condition. Additionally, it is difficult to say whether we are dealing with a more or less worn out copy. It is even worse when we come across invisible defects that require an expensive service. As such, choosing a store that offers a new, proven weapon is highly recommended. This will allow you to seek professional advice from a seller who will determine our needs during the interview and advise which model will be right for us. It is worth remembering that weapons do not lose too much value over the years. Therefore, it is not worth saving on the purchase of a used copy if we are just starting our adventure with firearms.

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What to look for when choosing a gun?

The first very important issue that determines the comfort of use is to check how the gun lies in your hand. Such a "fitting" allows you to assess whether the selected weapon model will be appropriate. When checking the firearm, the ease of use should be assessed. Do we reach with our fingers to the bolt release, bolt catch lever? Another issue is the availability of accessories. There are models on the market for which we can easily find a holster or a sighting device. However, there are also guns with limited availability of additional components. So it is good to ask about the possibility of purchasing additional accessories for the selected weapon model already at the stage of the conversation with the seller.

The skeleton of the gun - what should it be made of?

Currently produced skeletons in firearms are made of metal (duralumin, steel) or plastic (polymer). As is usually the case, metal pistols are much more durable, but also more expensive. As for the weight, it is comparable in both cases. However, models equipped with a plastic frame should not be rejected at the start. The weapons currently produced are made of high-quality materials.

What about the ammunition for the first pistol?

The most commonly used type of ammunition for pistols is 9x19. It is a standard approved by NATO. The ammunition appearing under the names: 9 mm NATO, 9 mm Luger, 9 mm Parabellum, 9 mm Para is used in the police, army, but also dynamic shooting. The popularity of this solution means that this type of ammunition can be found in every firearm shop. An additional advantage of 9 mm ammunition is its very attractive price, so it is worth paying attention to the caliber used when choosing your first weapon. On the market we will also find an equally cheap alternative to 9-millimeter missiles. It is rimfire ammunition appearing under the designation .22 LR (Long Rife). The advantage of this solution is the lower recoil of the weapon, as well as much less noise during shooting. According to specialists, a 9 mm caliber weapon will be a better choice for occasional visits to the shooting range. Rimfire ammunition will be the best choice for regular shooting training in Cracow.